According to ADB documents, the proposed policy support aims for universal and equitable access to urban services, which is important in improving the quality of life of urban residents. The support would further facilitate transforming cities into economically vibrant and environmentally sustainable habitats attracting investments and opportunities for the people, setting in motion a virtuous cycle of growth and development in post-COVID-19 pandemic.
PROJECT RATIONALE AND LINKAGE TO COUNTRY/REGIONAL STRATEGY
The program design takes into consideration the government's vision and renewed strategy for the urban sector. The President of India's address to the Parliament (2021 budget session) emphasized a focus on delivering water, housing, and connectivity, followed up with the allocation of funds toward these priorities. The recommendations of India's 15th Finance Commission and the national flagship program of JJM-U (footnote 4) stress outcome-based funding and incentives as vital for focusing on the universal delivery of basic urban services (such as water, sanitation, housing, etc.). Also, routine fiscal devolution is conditional on local revenue improvements. This approach is also recommended by the Committee of Secretaries and the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.
|Responsible ADB Officer||Joshi, Sanjay Divakar|
|Responsible ADB Department||South Asia Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Urban Development and Water Division, SARD|
|Executing Agencies||Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road
New Delhi 110 011
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
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ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB
The Accountability Mechanism is an independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by an Asian Development Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Accountability Mechanism, they may investigate to assess whether the Asian Development Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can learn more about the Accountability Mechanism and how to file a complaint at: http://www.adb.org/site/accountability-mechanism/main.